Addressing Envelopes with Calligraphy

Calligraphy on envelopes! This is what drew me to calligraphy in the first place, and it is still my very favorite thing to do.


Topics Covered:

  • Consistency in letter forms
  • Using a Lightbox with your favorite guidelines
  • Using a Phantom Liner
  • Judging your spacing for centering
  • Common addressing anxieties
  • Flourishing to take up space/balance
  • Knowing where to start on your envelope
  • Suggestions for talking to clients about postage
  • And other resources and tips spread throughout!

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Materials Needed: 


• Envelopes. I recommend Paper Source and Cards and Pockets for smooth quality envelopes. In the video, I am using Crane and Co’s Lettra which is slightly more challenging to write on, but has a lovely texture. It is 100% cotton. I found my box of Lettra envelopes on Amazon.  I recommend using light color envelopes for...

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Intro to Broad Edge Flourishing

Did you know that flourishing can be adapted to broad edge calligraphy? Flowing flourishes can be added to seemingly rigid broad edge hands to add flair and creativity. We'll learn to follow the rules and then find ways to approach them from our unique viewpoint.

Using Italics & Hebrew foundational hand, we will exercise our flourishing muscles and learn to write our names or favorite phrases in a beautiful and decorative way.

Come as a newbie to flourishing and broad edge or as a seasoned flourisher and find the unique ways that the broad edge tool can enhance your calligraphy.

Concepts & Skills We'll Cover:

  • Italic calligraphy
  • Hebrew foundational hand
  • flourishing exercises from simple to complex
  • best practices for successful flourishing
  • manipulating the broad edge pen nib for various flourishing styles
  • White space, balance, symmetry
  • Breaking the rules

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Writing Broad Edge Neuland

Neuland is a German typeface that was designed in 1923 by Rudolf Koch. Because he designed it by directly carving it into metal, the original had a great deal of variety between sizes. I personally love this script because of how expressive it is and how easy it is to play around with it and the different forms of supplies you can use. I drew inspiration from the Neuland typeface and a few exemplars that I have studied from and created a fun way to learn Broad Edge Neuland using parallel pens. We will be staying with 0 degree and 90 degree pen angles, so those who have never tried broad edge calligraphy before will find it relatively easy to learn this script. 

 

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Topics Covered

  • Supplies needed
  • Writing space and writing zone
  • Body position and hand position
  • Getting to know the Pilot Parallel Pen
  • 0 degree and 90 degree pen angle exercises
  • Broad Edge Neuland

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Lettering Unusual Place Cards

Ever had friends, family, or clients ask you to letter on strange surfaces and not know where to begin? Ever felt lost as to which types of paint pen to use on certain surfaces? Have the skills but not the know-how to add statement pieces to your table space? Gain the confidence to letter on “all the things” in this KCA class: Lettering Unusual Place Cards .

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • Proper paint markers for lettering on various subjects
  • Unusual objects that are dying to be lettered on
  • Tips for lettering on uneven, round, and porous items

After joining in on this class, you’ll be well equipped to tackle special pieces for your own personal enjoyment, a sweet personalized gift, or even for your business needs!

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Materials Needed:

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Center Formatting Your Calligraphy Projects

Ah, the joy of centering your calligraphy projects. Well, it will be fun after this lesson. You will learn a few key techniques that will help you to successfully align your work while alleviating some frustrations that can come from creating a written masterpiece.

Topics Covered

  • Center formatting your work
  • Creating guidelines for your project
  • How to critique your work from draft to finished project

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 Materials Needed

  • Your choice of quote, poem, or saying at least six to ten lines in length
  • Your choice of nib and nib holder, brush calligraphy pen, or marker
  • Ink of your choice (if applicable)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • light pad (optional)
  • Ruler 
  • Your preferred set of guidelines (or Kalli Camp Academy calligraphy guidelines)--Visit Lanquach.com/guidesheet to create custom guidelines
  • Paper for practice and for your finished...
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How to Create a Hand Lettered Chalkboard

Take your calligraphy and lettering skills to new heights and mediums by working with chalk and a chalkboard! Learn how to go from concept to sketch and refined chalk art, and get nice n' dusty while you're at it. We'll put our personal spins on the project by highlighting a favorite local restaurant and our most beloved dishes in the design! Chalk is fun to work with because it's so versatile and easy to edit, unlike ink. Enjoy the flexibility this old fashioned medium has to offer.

Topics Covered

  • From concept to final chalkboard design
  • Refining layout ideas into tight thumbnail sketches
  • Lettering vs. Calligraphy
  • Typography basics 
  • Chalk art best practices
  • Guideline set up

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Materials Needed

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How to Create Books with Japanese Stab Binding

jane paper crafts Oct 10, 2020

Have you ever thought about learning to bind or start book binding and felt overwhelmed by not just how many types there are out there, but by the supplies required to make some of them happen?  I have one for you today, that is perfect for someone who wants to try binding without having to invest in a lot of tools or time. 

There are many different types and techniques of binding and book binding available. They range from being simple to complex and have various looks and functionality. Many require supplies like boards, clamps, glue, cloth, etc. on top of the basic binding supplies. The most versatile of these is Japanese Stab Binding. It is a simple binding technique that requires just a handful of supplies. You can use any type or paper and even mix/match materials. The only requirement is that the material has to be cut to the same size. No folding or gluing required!

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How to Digitize Calligraphy

allison calligraphy digital Oct 04, 2020

Being able to digitize your calligraphy is a vital skill to have if you want to start making reproductions of your work (like cards or wedding stationery!). Being able to drag your calligraphy, move script around, and even change the color will allow you to take your calligraphy to new places!

Topics Covered

  • Scanning your work into the computer and opening it in Photoshop
  • How to prep your scanned in file in photoshop
  • How to delete the white paper background so that you can create moveable script
  • How to separate script so that you can move different words and letters independently.
  • How to change the color of script
  • How to insert your script into another photo

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Materials Needed

Digitizing Basics:

  • Scanner. Any scanner will probably work just fine for this class! I am using an Epson V600 which is a great scanner if you want to upgrade.
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Painting With Walnut Ink

If you think painting with watercolor, acrylic, or oil-based paints is fun, wait until you try painting with walnut ink. It's a beautiful medium to work with and so versatile.

Topics Covered

  • Making walnut ink from walnut ink crystals
  • Various ink painting techniques
  • Painting a simple landscape 
  • Painting a flower
  • Creative ways to write with walnut ink 

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 Materials Needed

  • pointed nib
  • oblique or straight nib holder
  • variety of round paintbrushes, small to medium size
  • small paint palate or small plates or bowls
  • walnut ink
  • watercolor paints, optional
  • pencil
  • two glasses of water
  • paper towel
  • watercolor paper- size of your choice

Homework Challenge

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Hand Lettered Glass Signs

In this class, you’ll learn:

  • Preferred supplies for glass lettering,
  • Two methods for achieving a high quality design from a sketch,
  • How to best use a paint pen on a slick surface,
  • Purposes and uses for glass letting projects. 

After joining in on this class, you’ll be well equipped to beautifully create glass signage for your own personal needs, a sweet personalized gift, or even for your business or special event!

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Materials Needed:

    • Glass (can be any kind: window, picture frame, mirror, etc.)
    • Sharpie Oil Based Paint Pen
    • White China Marker (found in craft sections and also used to mark on butcher paper)
    • Pencil
    • Eraser
    • Grid paper
    • Tape
    • Glass cleaner (Windex or something similar)
    • Paper towels (one for washing, one for removing China marker)
    • Optional: Acetone (nail polish remover) for mistakes or to erase your writing
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